My first TV job was aged 11 in the BBC’s Ballet Shoes, I then joined the original London cast of Annie, and also came last in Song for Europe as part of a band called Unity (I was a bit skint that year).
I was a TV presenter in the eighties, appeared on The Les Dennis Laughter Show, performed at three Royal Variety Shows, and spent three years in Hollywood. Then of course I went on to appear in ITV’s The Bill playing D.I. Sam Nixon - a character I played for seven years.
I’m best known for: The Bill, where I played DI Samantha Nixon for 8 years, and for being Lisa from Loose Women
The proudest moment of my career is: When Michael Aspel did a ‘This is Your Life’ on me. Now that was a moment!
The first thing I do in the morning is: Go to the toilet, and then let the dogs out. As soon as they hear me walking around they start barking, so I have to make sure I get to them before they wake everyone else up. I have three: two pugs and a miniature schnauzer.
My favourite breakfast is: On a Sunday morning, Paul cooks a full English. We lay it all out on the table with brown sauce and the three of us sit around and have a good chat. My ideal breakfast would be the same, but with lots of people joining us.
The actor who would play me in a film about Loose Women is: I’d like to think it would be Charlize Theron, but in reality...
My favourite memory from working on Loose Women is: Meeting Brian Ferry, and when Priscilla my pug came on the show and performed. I was a very proud mum!
If I wasn’t presenting Loose Women, I’d be: Acting. I love acting. I’d be doing that three days a week, and spending the rest of the time being a mum.
You’d be surprised to learn that: I was the voice of Kira in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal
The one thing I couldn’t live without is: It’s got to be Paul and Beau